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BLIND MOUNTAIN (MANG SHAN)
"(A) slow-to-boil, hard-to-shake drama...a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news" -New York Times
"A stinging and frightening indictment" -New York Post
"Stunningly realistic...a furious denunciation of injustices in contemporary China" -New Yorker
"Relentless...the performances are so good, and the topic so uncommon and thoroughly explored, that Blind Mountain has all the nail-biting feel of a thriller...Li's documentary approach brooks no sentimentality in its portrayal of the loss of innocence." -Film Journal
A demographic time bomb haunts China today. Den Xiaoping's One-Child Policy has left too few women available for Chinese men to marry, especially in the less prosperous countryside. Writer/director Li Yang's film, which received sustained ovations at Cannes, uses this society-wide crisis as the basis for a raw and powerful melodrama. The promise of a decent paying job lures the naïve, ingenuous Bai Xuemei (beautifully played by Huang Lu in her screen debut) to a desolate farming village in Northern China. Once there, she discovers that she has been sold into a marriage that is essentially slavery. Her desperate efforts to find help escaping the village and the brutal family holding her captive disclose an ironic pattern of interlocking injustices. Bai's destiny, including a last minute act of resistance, symbolizes an entire society caught in the disorienting crisis of radical change. And Li, whose film Blind Shaft captured the agony of China's unregulated mining industry, establishes himself as his country's most important social-realist director - an Asian counterpart to Ken Loach. (AFI Fest)
Directed by Li Yang, China, 2007, 35mm, 95 mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles.